In 1937 Geraldine Rendel, wife of a British diplomat, traveled to the new Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She kept a travelog that provides readers today with valuable insights into what the Kingdom was like at the time and how she made sense of a world that was very different from her own. The lesson activities focus on distinguishing between stereotypes and respectful approaches to a different culture; comparing past and present forms of transportation; and analyzing photographs as primary sources.

Pre-reading Warm Up

Focusing your mind and preparing to learn.

15-Minute Activity

In this activity, students find the evidence that supports the author’s thesis, distinguishing between stereotypes and respectful approaches to a different culture.
Common Core Standard Met
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

30-Minute Activity

Students compare past and present by exploring how a trip like the Rendels’ might look today.
Common Core Standards Met

Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

Visual Analysis

Students examine photographs as primary sources, seeing what the images reveal about the time and place they were taken.
Common Core Standard Met
Compare and contrast treatments of the same topic in several primary and secondary sources.